Reset with a New Heart

The world is a broken place. 2020 brought that home to many of us through our experiences with the pandemic, quarantine, political fights, etc. But before there was ever a pandemic or sharp differences of political opinions, we all had experience with brokenness.

In other words, before these outside issues struck with such force in 2020, all we had to do was look in the mirror. We have millennia of years worth of evidence to say that human beings are broken. We’ve never been able to pull ourselves together. We know the right things to do, but we don’t do them, and we never will apart from outside help.

Deuteronomy 30:1-10 teaches us that the reason the world is a mess, the reason we are broken is because our hearts are broken. We need new hearts! But how can they be fixed? How do you know if you have a new heart? And if you don’t, how do you get one? The answers are here in this text.

Scripture: Deuteronomy 30:1-10; Romans 7:22; Isaiah 53:5,8; Colossians 2:11-15

 

Reset on Mission

Three times in Ephesians 1:3-14, Paul writes that our salvation is all about the glory of God. He writes that our salvation is “to the praise of his glorious grace…” “to the praise of his glory…” “to the praise of His glory!” And as you read through this passage you see that God has chosen and adopted us for His glory, redeemed and forgiven us for His glory, and sealed and secured us for His glory. Our salvation is all about His glory.

And as His chosen and adopted, redeemed and forgiven, sealed and secured sons and daughters, He’s saved us to show the world His glory! And since Christ has not yet come and we’ve not yet come into possession of our inheritance, we know that God’s not done saving people, so our mission is for His glory!

That means evangelism is telling the world, your family, neighbor, co-worker, teammate, friends what great things God has done for our salvation. God is glorified when His mighty works of grace are made known.

Now, as God’s people in the Ahwatukee Foothills, we want to spread the news of His glory and grace to everyone we know. We want to pray for people to know Him, invite them to come and hear of Him, and share the gospel with them!

Scripture: Ephesians 1:3-14; Psalm 93:6; 1 Peter 2:9; Ephesians 2

Reset with Prayer

The new year is a predictable time when we think about resetting certain rhythms in our lives, when we take stock of how we’ve invested our time, our money, our passions and where we want to be this time next year.

2020 has pushed on all of us – hard. It’s time we reset, and not just individually, but together as a church family. But we don’t need a new method or technique, we don’t need something novel to reset our spiritual lives. Rather, we need to lean into the ancient means God’s given us to grow and become the people He’s recreated us to be in Christ.

Today, we’re talking about doing that with prayer. And we’ll learn that while Jesus taught us a framework for prayer, He also taught us that the kind of people who pray fit a certain stereotype and know who God is and who we are in relationship to Him in a way that fuels their prayers.

Scripture: Luke 11:1-13; Galatians 4:4-7

Reset with God’s Word

God has designed humans and the world around us to experience new beginnings, new mornings, new seasons, and new years. In 2021 at Foothills, we are pushing the “reset” button to re-engage one another and our neighborhoods with the gospel. This means applying old truths to the new year.

Scripture: Psalm 119:129-136